The Sitter

"A parent's worst nightmare unfolds after flustered mum Rachel leaves young babysitter Megan in charge of sulking son Tommy"

2016 was a great year for Independent Horror, the bar was raised in terms of the creativity from filmmakers across the country. In 2017, Haunted Media was given the chance to watch, read and review the new short from Enigmatic Productions entitled, "The Sitter". 

Written by Steve Hunt and Directed by Edward Harvey, the setting is one which we have all become very familiar with in the genre, the babysitter, alone in the house with a child for a night. Been there, done that, right? Not this time.

So I don't spoil this fantastic piece, I'll keep my points brief and only discuss my thoughts on the visual and thematic aspects of the short. My favourite part of the film is actually the first fifty seconds. The introduction to "The Sitter" is the best I've seen in a while, it sets up the story without revealing much. It depicts a child's birthday party table, filled to the brim with snacks and treats. The visuals of this are simply brilliant here, especially when a small cup of juice from the party is spilled across the table and onto the floor. The dark liquid rolling across the table really symbolises what we can expect from the piece, given its genre and subject matter.

The actors involved in "The Sitter" were on point throughout which must have been difficult due to the small space they had available to work in but they pulled it off perfectly. Chloe Oxley, who portrays Megan, the babysitter does brilliantly in being unassuming while on screen. Katie Louise McMillan, as Rachel, the mum is very convincing as a flustered mother while concerned about her son is relishing the opportunity of a night out with the hubby. Tommy, played by Noah Leggott, has his role nailed as it couldn't have been easy for a child to be involved in such a dark tale (I wonder how much of it Noah could understand or how he was handled during the shoot). Kieron Brook, who plays Tommy's dad done a great job in making Noah feel comfortable with him as evident in the final scenes of the film. So all in, a wonderful job by everyone.

Lastly, the music, composed by Director Edward Harvey was very reminiscent of Hammer movies in my opinion which I thought was a master stroke, whether done on purpose or not.

A really enjoyable film from every angle.    

-TF Ryan